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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-92

The frequency of psychiatric disorders in pregnant women attending the antenatal clinic of a teaching hospital in Nigeria

1 Department of Mental Health, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Nigeria

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Richard Uwakwe
Department of Mental Health, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital
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Aim: To determine the frequency of mental (psychiatricO disorders among antenatal women seen at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, (NAUTH) Method: An alternate women seen at NAUTH antenatal clinic between January 1998 to December 1999 formed the base population study. The symptom check list of the 10th Revision of the International Classification of Mental Disorders (ICD-10 SCL), the self-reporting questionnaire (SRQ) and the Health Questionnaire (HQ) were used to assess the subjects. Subjects who screened positive as possible cases of mental disorders were further evaluated with the Composite International Diagnostic Interview Schedule CIDl). Results: A total of 1160 subjects were screened. The mental morbidity rate was 5.5%. Depression constituted the commonest identified mental disorder (3.6%), followed by neurotic stress-related and somatoform disorders (1.8%) and psychotic disorders, not otherwise specified (0.1%) Conclusion: The mental morbidity rate among the studied subjects was low. Depression was the commonest of the mental disorders.

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